smartphone stats

Smartphone Stats Which Companies Are Winning The Race

I always find Smartphone Stats interesting, and Earl Ray of Coupon Audit created this infographic for me to show which companies are winning the race with some interesting statistics taken from many sources, listed at the bottom of the infographic.

Surprising Smartphone Stats

Its starts of by telling us that there are 4 billion active smartphones in the world, that is amazing as I remember reading last October that the world had just passed a total of 1 billion smartphones in the world.

The infographic states that it should take another 3 years to reach 8 billion.  There are only 7 billion people in the world now so this is saying in 3 years there will be another billion people on the planet.  If that is right I can’t see that they will all have smartphones, however .. if they could, this would be easily be achievable sooner infact.

Another surprising smartphone stat is that a huge 6.3% of smartphone owners are 13-17 years old and only 17.2% are 18-24 years old.

I won’t carry on telling you what you can see for yourself in the infographic about smartphone stats but where do you think this is going ?  The users for android operating systems are huge still, this really surprises me as everywhere you go it seems everyone has an iPhone, which is great when you need to get your phone charged quickly, but according to those figures its not true.

 

Smartphone Stats Which Companies Are Winning The Race

 

This Infographic is produced by Coupon Audit (provides Zappos coupon code) and Techie Minx

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Some pretty amazing Smartphone stats there don’t you think! All the more reason to think about actually making sure your website is a responsive website, so that it can be viewed on a smartphone, a large monitor, a laptop or more importantly a tablet. Mobile is growing and its not going to stop. Its even getting into things like wearable technology now with, Googleglass and Smartwatches and Rings, how will our websites cope with that.

If you want to use this infographic on your website please use the code below, thanks.

 

Pinpal the hot new dating service for Pinterest or an April fools joke?

The headline on Pinpal states –

The new casual dating service for Pinterest fans. It’s more than influence – it’s Pinfluence!!

I first noticed this today on @dannybrown ‘s website where he had the shocking title of

PinPal Wants to Use Your Friends to Create a Sex Meat Market

This created a lot of chatter and comments from various people including many tweets from Jimmy the co-founder of Pinpal – @pinpalwizard who obviously wasn’t happy that people were not saying good things about his site, which has just been launched in beta – midnight on the 31st of March. Great timing everyone thinks.

Craig andrews from Peerindex tweeted this

And Sarah Evans tweeted this

Its certainly got a lot of attention since it was launched in beta not 24hours ago.

What Pinpal does…

It is basically a dating service, that connects you with your best match and to find your match, it searches through your favorite social networks to find your friends and also their friends then, finds you the best matches, also using Klout scores in the formula.

You are then presented with a private Pinterest board with your potential pinpals.

However I think its more the FAQ page that give people the reason to think that it is a joke with statements like.

Is my privacy safe on PinPal?

Let us ask you a question – is your privacy safe online anyway? We don’t think it is, as much as we’d like it to be. So, to answer the question of privacy, you have as much privacy on PinPal as you do elsewhere online – we think that’s the fairest way to go.

And

How safe are your PinPal dates?

As safe as any online dating service, with the added security that this is all happening with social media, so if something goes wrong you can let people know about it. That’s pretty powerful stuff right there!

Pinpal tweeted that they just want to honest with everyone, and that just how it is. Jimmy says if you don’t like it you don’t have to sign up.

Which is also true…..

I haven’t signed up to try it, it not something I want my networks to be connected with, not being single myself and after reading Danny’s post I would probably wait a few months to see how it turned out.

Its a very expensive aprils fools joke if it is one, and Jimmy is very busy over there on twitter defending the site and apart from sometimes sounding aggressive this seems to be tongue in check as he is obviously pretty happy.  Whatever it is all about – I’m finding it very amusing and interesting and – Pinpal or the founders  have had amazing exposure today and on sunday!

Update – So it was actually a very good April fools joke provided by  Punk views and created by many people that we all know. Jimmy was completely made up as some people suggested but I for one will miss his “charm” and “tongue in cheek” humour.

The part that got me was that the actual platform wasn’t even there, this thought hadn’t occurred to me  (and I wasn’t about to try it) the testimonials and the fact that Danny had tested it were all fabricated, so not that expensive a joke after all.

Loved watching all this turn a slow moving Sunday evening, into a battlefield of tweets and comments.

 

 

 

 

 

How many views does your blog get from Twitter ?

Picture: Twitter developers

Soon you should be able to find out how many views you get via Twitter as today Twitter announce the release of its Web Analytics Tool.

We all love data, we love to see how much we are getting, where it is coming from and how long for.  Analytics platforms are popping up more and more each with more or different information.

Twitter have been keen show off its true influence since bringing out its own URL shortener http://t.co which automatically shortens links of over 20 characters. They said it was to protect users from malicious sites where you may get hacked or a virus as Twitters link service is checked by potentially dangerous sites.  However we noticed right away in our usual analytics tools that lots of our traffic was infact coming from Twitter, and one of the reasons we knew this was because of t.co. Not a surprise for Twitter.

Previous to that we saw that Twitter had acquired BackType who are involved in social analytics, they said then they will be developing tools for Twitter, So that is who is running this show here for Twitter.

BackType has been acquired by Twitter

With Twitter Web Analytics, we will get our wish for more data, more information about how much traffic is coming from Twitter, regarding links and tweet buttons.

According to the twitter developers blog Twitter Web Analyrics will be free,  will be available to a small number of partners in beta and will roll out to all website owners within the next few weeks.

Website owners….  So, I wonder if that means people with sites such as blogspot, blogger, tumblr will be privy to this information.

We will have to see.

Hope this helps

 

WhoisLive is LIVE – See who is browsing any Web page!

 

On 26th of July a new phenomenon went live – it is called WhoisLive !!

 For the first time ever, see who is browsing on any Web page. Chat, get tips, share links, and meet new people with similar interests. Use the Web like you always do, only now, see what happens when you can see Who is Live!

Is the claim  from whoislive

See edits below ! 

After you have downloaded the extension or add-on for Firefox or Internet Explorer (Chrome coming soon, very soon I hope) you can see other people that are viewing that page and chat with them in real time – pretty much like an Instant messenger. Of course the other users have to have downloaded and installed the extention too, so it will take a while to reach its full potential, but it could mean lots of new ways of networking with people.

Say you are on a fan page website and you want to ask someone a question without having to post to a forum and having to wait for an answer, you can ask right there and then, or just any website that you need support on. 

How exciting is that!  You don’t have to allow them, you just interact with anyone that is on the same page as you! The options are endless with this new way of chatting!

You can only see one page at a time and if you are not on that page you won’t get alerts or anything, its all realtime!

The personal information they will see is your full name picture and a link to your Facebook profile. (hmm)

You can use whoislive on any web page, even Facebook, I wonder what that will be like on twitter? However, another good reason not to use Facebook chat. 🙂

 

To get Whoislive go to http://whoislive.com/

And Click on Download WhoisLive

Follow the installation instructions that come up, very simple and clear!

When it is installed – you have to sign up with your facebook account, and allow many permissions, which I’m always really fussy about actually  – but OK I will try it out.

 Whoislive is requesting permission to do the following

  • Access my basic information
  • Includes name, profile picture, gender, networks, user ID, list of friends and any other information I’ve shared with everyone.        
  • Send me email
  • Whoislive may email me directly 
  • Post to my Wall
  • Whoislive may post status messages, notes, photos and videos to my Wall
  • Access my data any time
  • Whoislive may access my data when I’m not using the application

You accept this and then you can see who is on the website. Easy as pie to set up.

Sadly no one on the site was talking so I didn’t actually get to chat to someone, and IE was clunkey as that is just how it is. I have a random bit of code (?) something there at the side of the chat menu that wouldn’t go anywhere but it was operational. You must understand that this is still in Beta and any problems will be ironed out.

I tried a few other pages but there was no one else there. I’m sure as this gets more popular it will be lots of fun.

To conclude, I will revoke access to this for the time being and wait for a Chrome version when hopefully the Facebook permissions will be different.  I’m not confident about something that needs to post anything to my wall and have access to all of my information.  Its a real shame for me that it even has to have anything to do with Facebook.

However as Mashable says – Yes, you can see who is looking at your Facebook profile, if you camp out there all day and all night and if they also have WhoisLive.  So you still won’t know if your ex is stalking your facebook profile as anyone viewing it in secret won’t exactly have WhoisLive on. 🙂

However,  Facebook has always stated that that will never allow an application to do this – Quote:  Facebook does not provide the ability to track who is viewing your profile or any part of your profile. Applications cannot provide this functionality.  So will this eventually be blocked?

Edit: A little piece of goodnews – you can actually remove Whoislive’s permission to post to your wall AND email you, but it is required however to access ALL of your information.

Go to Account – Privacy settings – Apps and websites – edit your settings.

From @WhoisLive Twitter account –  We are working on other ways to allow people to sign in – stay tuned, we’ll keep you updated!

My question to you is, is this a new phenomenon or are there other applications that can do this?

Edit – I have been informed by many people – (you may wish to read my comments) that this isn’t new.  Someone pointed out that www.whoson.com is very similar – one of the differences is that you do have to buy Whoson.com  and I am not sure if this is from ANY WEBSITE or just your own.  Now someone has mentioned Stormdriver too. I have asked @Whoislive for a comment on this – will keep you updated.

Whoislive answered shortly after with this.

Have fun – if you try it out – I will be waiting for the “other way to sign in”

Hope this helps